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Foreign Correspondent: The Oasis
The Oasis
ABC  |  March 5, 2019

Lovestruck couple Azad and Bercem are about to get married. They want the usual things - kids, a nice house, a car. They’re just hoping war doesn’t get in the way.
Azad and Bercem live in the town of Kobani in north eastern Syria, smack bang in the former territory of Islamic State. Their dream of a normal, peaceful life is shared by millions of fellow Kurds who now lead control of this area and are carving out a bold new system – a direct, secular democracy that enshrines gender equality.
For Azad and Bercem, that means getting married in a civil ceremony, no sheikh required.
In the drably named Autonomous Administration of North Eastern Syria, women hold 50 percent of official positions. Incredibly, Raqqa, the once notorious capital of Islamic State, is now headed by a young woman, Leila Mustapha. The bomber jacket-clad Mustapha is using her civil engineering skills to rebuild the city which will include a makeover of the square where IS displayed crucified and decapitated bodies.

Lovestruck couple Azad and Bercem are about to get married. They want the usual things - kids, a nice house, a car. They’re just hoping war doesn’t get in the way.
Azad and Bercem live in the town of Kobani in north eastern Syria, smack bang in the former territory of Islamic State. Their dream of a normal, peaceful life is shared by millions of fellow Kurds who now lead control of this area and are carving out a bold new system – a direct, secular democracy that enshrines gender equality.
For Azad and Bercem, that means getting married in a civil ceremony, no sheikh required.
In the drably named Autonomous Administration of North Eastern Syria, women hold 50 percent of official positions. Incredibly, Raqqa, the once notorious capital of Islamic State, is now headed by a young woman, Leila Mustapha. The bomber jacket-clad Mustapha is using her civil engineering skills to rebuild the city which will include a makeover of the square where IS displayed crucified and decapitated bodies.

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